Organizing – A Children’s Library

Please note: In order to maintain some sense of organization to my organizing page, I decided to post my organizing ideas, and then create a link back to the post on the organizing page.  I’m sure right now that makes no sense, but hopefully it will over time as I add more information about organizing! 🙂
Children’s library
While one might think that organizing your toddler or elementary-aged child’s library would be futile, it’s actually one of the earliest ways to begin teaching your child to organize! There are a variety of ways you could chose to sort- with baskets, bins, tubs, or just by lining them up on a shelf.
But I highly recommend starting by making a section of bedtime or naptime comfort stories. For us, that section is right next to the rocking chair.
Then, if you have an older child, have him or her help you think of ways to sort the books. They could be by favorites, by topic, by color of the cover, or of course, by author. You might want a seperate section for magazines and for any audio gift books they might have received.
For younger children, a hodge-podge is easier to manage for the ones who are discovering how fun it is to pull books in and out of the baskets! Ha! However, I still recommend keeping a somewhat organized approach. Our baby Highlights magazines (called “Hello”- if you haven’t seen them for your preschooler, they are FABULOUS!!!), go in one basket, and then we also have a basket specifically for our theme books. The past couple weeks we’ve been learning about pond animals, so all of the books that we own that reference any sort of pond, turtle, duck, fish, or frog, goes in that special basket. The other books just go neatly in whatever basket they’ll fit in.
No matter the age, having a special way you keep your books helps your child to understand they aren’t just toys thrown in a bin- they are special and important. 🙂

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Sewing again!

It had appeared my sewing machine was permanently out of commission, but I figured out- it just couldn’t handle the projects I was trying to do. It doesn’t like thick thread, or thick fabric. Live and learn!
So I found on Pinterest a pattern from http://daisyjanie.typepad.com/daisyjanie/2007/12/how-to-bandana.html to make a bandana dress… And I decided to give it a try! I made mine a bit different than hers- did the ribbon more like a pillowcase dress (ties on one side) and I used a thick white ribbon (I already had). So this project literally cost me $2. I washed the bandanas with vinegar along with some other fabric I’m hoping to sew soon (vinegar sets the colors and keeps them from running in future washes). Then I basically followed her directions, but started sewing 6 inches down instead of 9, and sewed in about an inch and a quarter on the sides. This made a perfect 2T-sized dress!!
Here’s my beautiful model. 🙂 (Note that with the thicker ribbon, it’s too short to be worn without leggings.)

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On the Move!

On the Move!

Hard to believe it, but we are about to be the parents of a crawler. Little Miss “I can roll everywhere” is finding that she can move a little faster if she gets up on her knees… Life is about to get VERY interesting!

Painting the weather

I’ve been wanting to have a simple weather graph to mark daily when we sing our “What’s the Weather” song (someday I’ll figure out how to attach a voice record!), so I decided we’d just make one!
Super simple. All you need is blue and yellow finger paints, a paper plate, Sharpee marker, cardstock of any color cut into an arrow, and a brad!
One yellow hand painted circle/oval makes the sun, blue hand streaks for wind, finger dots for rain, then draw/write your labels, and attach your arrow! Wahoo!
And talk about taking ownership! No matter the age of your child, they love looking at their own creations more than something pre-made and store bought!! Such a quick and fun project!

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Teething – Terrific or Terrible?

Well, it’s happening.  My sweet little Princess cluster teeths… and it’s that time again.  Her upper centrals have both popped through in the last two days and her upper left lateral is very close to arrival in the mouth as well.  I love that she has teeth.  It makes it so much easier to feed her foods she loves – especially since she is Miss Independent and does NOT want me to feed her anymore.  But, there is a down side.  It breaks my heart to see my baby hurting.  My normally happy-go-lucky almost-9-month-old now busts into tears for no reason, and is just overall whiny these days.  Sigh.  It’s all part of the process of growing up… and as I have said before, it’s one of the many reasons God in His grace doesn’t make us remember how it feels to be a baby.